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If you don't constantly work, you lose your flow, so you can't take really long breaks if you are a craftsman. And, I think it's becoming less frequent, but if it is the world of Japanese tattoos, I think it's the same as someone like a carpenter in terms of doing an apprenticeship, and that hierarchical system.

WHO ARE YOUR REGULAR CLIENTS;

Definitely blue collar workers - like fire fighters, carpenters, and also the most common are the people that work at traditional Japanese festivals with mikoshi (portable shrines). They are a type of craftsman too.

WHAT DO THEY WANT TATTOOED?

Dragons and carp are really common, but if you are talking about human characters, then Buddhist deities, and the protagonists of suikoden are the most popular.

WHEN PEOPLE COME TO YOU, DO THEY HAVE AN IDEA OE WHAI THEY WANT?

I don't advertise, or list my studio anywhere, so it is really word of mouth. So my customer will tell the next person that I am good at a particular tiling. So we start with a meeting, and I get them to look at all my books. Some people look at my references all day, literally, and I don't encourage them decide straight away. I get them to think and go home and think about the design some more. So they usually think of the motif they want right here, they usually are quite conscious of the meanings though.

WHY DO PEOPLE GET TATTOOED?

The most common reason is to do motifs to do with their birth year, for example, if they are born in the year of the monkey, they will put in Dainichi Nyorai, Or their child's birth year, or the meanings of the animals themselves. For example, for protection, or personal progression. Or to become stronger, they will insert a god that represents strength too.

WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE GET TATTOOED?

I think it's a kind of psychological weapon, or a shield.

WHEN DID YOU fIRST GET INTO THE TATTOO WORLD;

When I was in Australia travelling on my own, I was walking along and found a tattoo shop, and went straight in! It was in Sydney, when I was walking around the Kings Cross area.

WHAT DIO YOU GET TATTOOED;

Agh! I don't want to say! A really small dragon.

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WHAI, WHY OIS VOU GO 10 AUSTRALIA FOR THAT?

OCCASIONALLY THERE ARE SOME ASTONISHINGLY CRAP PIECES IN THERE!

Yes, really, but you can actually learn from that, in both a negative and positive way!

SO YOU WERE DOING IT ON YOUR OWN THE WHOLE TIME, DID YOU EVER THINK TO ENTER A SHOP?

No, I mean, I didn't even know how to work at a shop, or approach one either.

WHY DID YOU WANT TO LEARN TEBORI?

I guess because I'm Japanese, and when you see it in videos and books, you really want to try it.

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Tattoo Burst, and Jitsuwa document (the yakuza journal), ha ha! I was looking at the works of Horiyoshi III, and Horiwaka and the works inside Jitsuwa document for inspiration.

AT THE TIME I WAS ONLY DOING ONE POINT TATTOOS (SMALL TATTOOS), FOR ABOUT 8 YEARS. THEN 5 YEARS AGO, I CHANGED DIRECTION.

WHAI, WHY OIS VOU GO 10 AUSTRALIA FOR THAT?

THEN WHAI HAPPENED AFTER THAT?

I got tattooed there, and went travelling around Australia on my own. I was in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin, If I saw a tattoo shop, I would just go in and get a tattoo. Because it was tattoo flash work with a price on it, that's what 1 thought tattoos were about. But because I was an illustrator at the time, when 1 was on the plane home, I realized, why didn't I didn't get air original tattoo? It was a real regret! Around that time, I thought about becoming a horishi, but because I was a material artist, I held off trying for another six years. My mother was sick, so 1 needed to support her financially. After she became better, I basically guit, and I went straight into tattooing. At the time I was only doing one point tattoos (small tattoos), for about 8 years. Then 5 years ago, I changed direction.

DIO VOU EVER HAVE A TEACHER?

No, never. At the time there was no Internet, so I really was just looking at magazines like

OCCASIONALLY THERE ARE SOME ASTONISHINGLY CRAP PIECES IN THERE!

Yes, really, but you can actually learn from that, in both a negative and positive way!

AT WHAT POINT DIO YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE CALLING YOURSELF A TATTOO ARTIST?

Oh, at the point that I took on a name, the name "Horiren", because up until then I didn't have a name. I got asked by a client to put my name in the piece, and I hadn't thought of it, and he was the first client who paid me properly.

Up until then it was people who had just paid me 2000 yen per hour, to cover the cost of the needles. He paid me the amount a regular horishi earns, and told me, 'You can earn a living as a horislri now, so please put your name in the piece'. At this point I was given the confidence to work as a horishi.

SO YOU WERE DOING IT ON YOUR OWN THE WHOLE TIME, DID YOU EVER THINK TO ENTER A SHOP?

No, I mean, I didn't even know how to work at a shop, or approach one either.

WHY DID YOU WANT TO LEARN TEBORI?

I guess because I'm Japanese, and when you see it in videos and books, you really want to try it.

WHAT IS THE MOST ADVANTAGEOUS A SPECTOF TEBORI?

A type of nostalgia? A type of fine art? Where you are inserting one needle at a time I guess. When it's a machine, it seems like the machine is moving on its own, with tebori there is a certain beauty in the fact that you need to insert it manually, or the colours won't go in the skin. It's a really meticulous job. Like, for example if you are making a sweater, you can knit it by hand, or just use a machine - and the feeling and heart in it is really different. Like a craft. O

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Tattoo Burst, and Jitsuwa document (the yakuza journal), ha ha! I was looking at the works of Horiyoshi III, and Horiwaka and the works inside Jitsuwa document for inspiration.

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE f OR YOU TO DO It 10 A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL?

Not before two years. Because of the speed. And surai gradations are really difficult. It's really hard to do gradations over a large area. If you cliange your feelings, it'll become thicker, so it's really haid to do.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE WIIH A MACHINE?

To be honest, I was tattooing myself for three hours, and then I took a client... I use machines now if they are in a huge hurry, or my clients that I started with a machine, I'll continue using one, because if you add tebori, the look changes.

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